Chowan University’s Virtual Commencement Celebration
For the first time in the history of Chowan University, a virtual commencement celebration was held for the class of 2020. The in-person Commencement Ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but will take place on December 19, 2020.
Graduation is one of the most celebrated days of many families, but with the pandemic forcing restrictions, especially as it relates to gatherings of large groups, schools across the nation have had to make adjustments. While there were no graduates in gowns or turning of tassels, there were still celebrations as Chowan University decided to honor its graduations virtually on the pre-pandemic scheduled date.
At 10:00 am on Saturday, May 8th President Peterson, Dr. Danny Moore (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Montrose Streeter (Vice President for Student Affairs), and Rev. Mari Wiles (Minister to the University) conducted the live-streamed virtual celebration. President Peterson welcomed those viewing followed by an invocation from Dr. Streeter. Dr. Moore presented The Senior Scholastic Award, the most prestigious award the Chowan academic community bestows. This year there was a two-way tie between Angelique Gouin, a native of Victoriaville, Quebec, and Loricia Martin, a native of Henderson, North Carolina. Traditionally at commencement, the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award is also presented. This is the most prestigious faculty award, as it is chosen by his or her colleagues on the faculty of the University. This year’s recipient is Christina M. Rupsch the Dean of the School of Fine and Applied Arts and Distinguished Professor of Art.
Dr. Moore then recognized all 215 graduates by announcing their name and degree earned while both were displayed in the stream. Following the naming of the graduates, President Peterson conferred the degrees and gave a charge to the graduates. He challenged them to “think about how you have grown… I assure you, you are a better person, a stronger student, and a more responsible citizen because of your Chowan family… Now it is up to you to travel and change the world.”
Rev. Mari Wiles concluded the live stream with a benediction reminding the graduates that “an educated person is powerful. With power comes responsibility. Use your education wisely and with care. Here we know God calls you beloved. Beloved child of God, go forth now to boldly love God, boldly serve others, boldly live your dreams, and boldly change this world.”
Congratulations class of 2020!
The Virtual Commencement Program can be found here.